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Tamil Nadu: Cyclone Gaja To Become Severe In Next 12 Hours, IMD Issues Red Alert

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| November 15 , 2018 , 14:38 IST

The Cyclonic storm Gaja is expected to hit Tamil Nadu on Thursday evening along with heavy rainfall at most places over Tamilnadu and Puducherry where the Indian Metrological Department issued a red alert with heavy rainfall on November 16.

Additional Secretary Revenue and Administration in Chennai said, 4 NDRF teams and 4 TNDRF teams positioned in Nagapattinam. We have 380 first responders to respond to the needs of people and 159 responders to protect animals. Collector has commenced efforts to evacuate people."

The Cyclone Gaja over Southwest Bay of Bengal moved further west-southwestwards with a speed of 10 Kmph during past 6 hours.

“It is very likely to move west-southwestwards and intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours. while moving west-southwestwards thereafter, Cyclone Gaja s likely to weaken and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam during 15th November evening as a Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph,” the IMD added.

Karaikal in Puducherry and the coastal districts of Ramanathapuram, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tuticorin and Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Thursday, the IMD said.

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"It's expected that Gaja Cyclone will make landfall late night today, maybe in South of Cuddalore, in Nagapattinam district. People should be well-prepared. Govt is making its best efforts in this regard," Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Special Officer for Disaster Management.

In wind warning, the IMD said, "Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph very likely to prevail along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming Gale wind speed 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph along and off central parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from 15th November afternoon onwards."